(Closed) Winter heating costs?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

every time one of my US friends sends me photo outside their window and all i see is white snow my reponse is always the same… move!   i dont know how people live where it snows, it seems like such hard work

im in australia and yes it does get cold down here so in winter we rug up and wear ugg boots and in summer we strip down and use ceiling fans – it has to be about 110f for the aircon to go on and freezing for the heat

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How cold does it get where you are?  it has been anywhere from 0-60 in the last week (i live in colorado and this is normal)

What you keep the temp at?  between 67 and 70

How much space do you heat? our house is about 2500 sqft

What kind of heat do you use?  electric in the addition and regular heat in the rest of the house

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  almost 300 including water

Any energy saving tips?  Do the thermal curtains really help? never tried thermal curtains, but it is important to make sure u make use of the sunlight during the day, i always leave the curtains open and that helps to warm it up for the evening.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@pinkshoes if you were gone all month, why did you have the heater on at all?

we live close to the beach, but our house never seems to warm up. it can be 70 outside during the day, but our house inside is 56! we use a space heater just for the room we’re in.

 

How cold does it get where you are?  45 at night to 75 (i heart so cal during the winter!)

What you keep the temp at?  use space heaters (1500 W and 800W) and blankets!

How much space do you heat?  600 sq ft.

What kind of heat do you use?  electric

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  $95 (we are VERY frugal with our heat, but i’d rather pay an additional $25 a month than freeze my butt off. it’s 56 degrees in our house when we wake up in the morning, no matter how warm it was the day before.

Any energy saving tips?  make sure your doors/windows are sealed. use blankets and jackets, etc to stay warm!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

How cold does it get where you are?  DC area – right now its in the mid 20s…this is somewhat low for this month

What you keep the temp at?  65 day and night

How much space do you heat? maybe 1500 sq ft

What kind of heat do you use?  gas, space heater

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had? when we lived in CT we had almost $300 gas bill – whoa! Last month our bill was about $130 – which sucks

Any energy saving tips?  use a lot of blankets and wear sweatpants!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a small one story home, roughly 1200 SF I think?

Now it costs us around $150 at the dead of winter to heat. We keep it at 66 during the day and 64 at night.

If your house is 2 story it would cost more to heat.

Consider buying Window Insulation Kit

It helps A TON. You can literally feel the difference when you put your hands up on the window. Go around all your windows and make sure the seal is tight, if not caulk around all corners.

Do you have a basement? We have  a crawl space and insulated the floor 2 years ago, IMMENSE savings.

If it’s a older house with old windows try to slowly change out to energy efficient double pane windows.

Close off the vents and close the doors to rooms you do not typically use.

We live in Upstate NY so at nights lately it has dropped to teens and below. Days are average 30 on a warm day. 🙂

Here’s a decent article with some generic tips:

http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13107899

And change your furnace filter often! If there’s too much dirt and dust it has to work harder to send out hot air which equals more $$! The recommended is every 3 months but check on them every month.

Drop your temp and put on sweats! Fav part of winter is snuggling in sweats and blankets! 🙂

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony: Catholic Church, Reception: Hotel Ballroom

Hmm, this is an intersting thread!  Chiming in:

How cold does it get where you are?  Low teens at night — but we’re getting down below zero at night the rest of the week, evidently.  During the day, highs in the teens/20’s…30’s if we’re lucky.

What you keep the temp at?  During the day, 66.  At night, 58.

How much space do you heat?  1700 sf

What kind of heat do you use?  gas (forced air)

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  Around $300. 

Any energy saving tips?  Insulate, and make sure your attic has proper ventilation (seems crazy to ventilate something to keep your house warm, but you can get ice dams otherwise).  Our attic was really poorly insulated, and we re-insulated it this fall and it’s made a HUGE difference.  Make sure windows/doors are draft-free (use window kits, if necessary).  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t know what exactly it’s costing us. We’ve gone through about 175-200 gallons of oil in just under 3 months, with an infared electric heater running in our living room during the day and in our bedroom at night.

We have 1200sq ft and keep the thermostat at about 64 deg. With the electric heater it is usually about 64-66 degress in our house. Next year we’ll keep it warmer since we’ll have a little one around, but this year we’re trying to scrimp and save.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

@pinkshoes: I’m in the MA area too 🙂

I have to say, we just moved into our first home as well and I had no idea what to expect. My whole life I had oil heat including the apartment that I lived in for the last  3+ years. We kept the heat between 60-64 and our oil bill was $300-$400 a month! It was horrible. But it was an old apartment with really bad windows and everythign was so inefficient.

Our house now has gas and Ive seen a huge drop in heating bills. We keep the temp. 60-64 and our house is about 1300 sqf. We also have a wood stove in the basement which we use on the weekends which helps keep costs down slightly.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@mrstilly:

How do you feel about your infrared heater? We’ve thrown the idea around.
Would you say it helps your heating cost?

BIL and Father-In-Law are both in the heating and cooling business; word from the industry is they LOVE it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

How cold does it get where you are?  Lows teens right now, but gets below zero some nights and negative with windchill

What you keep the temp at?  70

How much space do you heat?  2600 sf including the basement (though we keep the 2 spare room doors closed)

What kind of heat do you use?  Russian Fireplace and coal stove

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  In our house it cost about $600-$700 to heat us for the winter from November to March/April. Our old basement apt cost $350/month for heat! So glad we don’t live there anymore!

Any energy saving tips?  We have an electric mattress topper and use that at night instead of jacking the heat up, also we save a lot by using wood & coal.

We currently only fill our gas tank up about 1 time/every 1.5 years (we only use it for hot water and when we aren’t home and turn off coal stove so the house stays warm for the cats)

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

How cold does it get where you are? It was 2 degrees yesterday. The norm in the winter is mid teens to low 20’s.

What you keep the temp at? It’s set at 72 at all times in the winter. Sometimes we up it a degree or two if we’re chilly. 

How much space do you heat?  1100 sq. ft condo (one level)

What kind of heat do you use? gas

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  Our bills are always right around $170/month.

Any energy saving tips?  None really. We’re comfortable and our bill isn’t too outrageous so we don’t ever really think about it. 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

How cold does it get where you are?  10s-30s from December until March generally
What you keep the temp at?  68-70
How much space do you heat?  about 2600 sq feet not including the unfinished basement
What kind of heat do you use?  gas
Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  180
Any energy saving tips?  Energy efficient home! We live in a new home that is sooo much more efficient than my last place. My bills used to be almost 300/month for a 1000 sq ft place!

How cold does it get where you are?  10s-30s from December until March generally

 

What you keep the temp at?  68-70

 

How much space do you heat?  about 2600 sq feet not including the unfinished basement

 

What kind of heat do you use?  gas

 

Whats the worse winter bill you’ve had?  180

 

Any energy saving tips?  Energy efficient home! We live in a new home that is sooo much more efficient than my last place. My bills used to be almost 300/month for a 1000 sq ft place!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How cold does it get where you are?  0-30’s right now

What you keep the temp at?  65-70

How much space do you heat?  about 1200-1300 sq feet not including the unfinished basement

What kind of heat do you use?  Gas, and we have an Amish electric fireplace in our livingroom

Whats the worst winter bill you’ve had?  Yeesh, I’ve had some doozies. I’ve had $300+/month plenty of times…

Any energy saving tips?  Insulate windows, or replace old windows with new ones.

Our heating bills are generally $150+/month for gas, and $100+/electric

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